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Emsland Parishes

Kirchspiel Lathen

  
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Lathen - St. Vitus Parish

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This map of Kirchspiel Lathen notes the location of villages that made up Lathen parish in the 19th century.
For a current detailed map of this area search on any of the villages mentioned with  MapQuest or click on location with http://www.vukv.weser-ems.de/stadtplan/stadtplan.htm.

The church image was taken from the Lathen, St Vitus homepage
http://www.kath-gemeindeverbund-lathen.de/vitus

 

Lathen was probably founded as a parish in the missionary district of Meppen around 800 and became part of the holdings of the Closter Corvey in 834. In documents dating from the 11th century the place was known as Lodon and Lodun and in the 14th century as Lothen. Baptism records for St Vius exist from 1651 with gaps 1673-94, marriages from 1651 with gaps 1764-67, and deaths from 1652 with gaps 1695-1714.

Oberlangen and Niderlangen were referred to in an 11th century document as Longun. They were part of the parish of Lathen for many centuries but since 1919 they have had their own parish, St Laurentius.

Kirchspiel (parish) Lathen in the 19th century contained the following villages or small towns:
Beel
Duethe
Emen
Frackel
Fresenburg
Hebbel
Hilter
Horst
Husen
Kathen
Lathen
Melstrup
Niederlangen
Oberlangen
Stroehn
Tinnen
Wilholte
 

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St. Vitus

Tinnen was referred to in 11th century documentation as Dynnun and belonged to the parish of Lathen. A church existed in the village from 1862 but Tinnen was not separated from Lathen until 1921. That same year Emen was transferred from Lathen parish to Haren.

All information about this parish was taken from the Handbuch des Bistums Osnabrueck, compiled by Hermann Stieglitz and published by Bischoefliches Generalvikariat Osnabrueck.

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